SISTERS, Seattle band formed by Andrew Vait and Emily Westman, developed after the pair felt that making music together was so obvious, they “had to shrug and make a move.” They previously played Capitol Hill Block Party four years ago when, the duo say, they were “but a twinkle in [their] own eyes!” It was among the first festivals they played and they said it’s very, “special to play right over the rainbow crosswalks of the hill.”
Vait and Westman are inspired by people of color and, “fierce women who throughout history, music and otherwise, have not backed down.” Their LP released in February 2017, Drink Champagne, is often described as a having a positive, uplifting feel which they say is important because everyone needs to “have a break from the tension through lightness. Struggle and euphoria can beautifully coexist. We all need to recharge our batteries if we’re gonna make it through and be useful.” After listening to their latest release, Wait Don’t Wait, SISTERS hopes you come away knowing that there is value in heartbreak and that you must “keep allowing yourself to be a vulnerable and sensitive human.”
Outside of music, the band makes a conscious effort to stay informed regarding what other people are going through, and be informed on others’ experiences. They say, “We want to understand more about the world rather than build a wall around ourselves.”
The SISTERS website has a quote, “A revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth having,” a mantra that was important after the 2016 Presidential Election in which they were, “eloquently reminded by Dan Savage that the way to drive our adversaries the most insane is to not lie down crying, but to dance and party and enjoy our lives every minute we can and take care of each other, even our adversaries, and show them their ideas and power and influence have no effect on our joy and capacity to love…We encourage people to dance in the face of hatred and ignorance.”
The only non-inclusive thing about them, they say, is their inability to verbally take us through the experience of recording all day and night on Whidbey Island in early 2017, armed with only an iPhone. Immediately after this experience, they connected with Different Fur Studios.
Their end goal as a band is to feel as though their time was well spent and a sense of pride in the art they created. They wish to be able to look back on their time as SISTERS and see their “evolution as people and a band over how ever many years we exist and know we did our best.” In the spirit of making the most of their time, SISTERS is heading back to Europe on their second tour, for which Vait has been practicing his German. A video and EP release is also in store this year.
Favorite local artists include The Black Tones, Sassyblack, Jimmie Herrod, Stas Thee Boss, Shabazz Palaces, Porter Ray, Sol, DoNormaal, and ParisAlexa.
They play Block Party again this year and will take the Main Stage at 2:30 on Sunday, July 22. They say that during their set, onlookers will witness “part Portlandia/part Miami disco birdcage dance numbers.” Audience members should come ready to dance especially for My Little Head, their favorite song to play because they “can’t even hold [themselves] back and…don’t always know what will happen during that tune [themselves].